Mon.Jun 07, 2021

Apple Maps Update Introduces AR Navigation


Scan surrounding buildings with your iPhone’s camera to receive more detailed walking directions. Apple kicked off its annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) earlier today with a two-hour keynote detailing several updates to its lineup of iOS products.

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‘Überläufer’ is a Wolfenstein-inspired Roguelike Coming to PC VR This Fall

Road to VR

Überläufer is an upcoming roguelike dungeon crawler for PC VR that’s inspired by the original Castle Wolfenstein (1981), the first in the series which put a heavy emphasis on stealthily evading capture as you escape the game’s maze-like prison.


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5K All-In-One VR Headset Comes With Its Own Virtual World


Arpara reveals two VR headsets and its arparaland virtual social platform powered by blockchain. Last week, Beijing-based VR company arpara revealed two 5K VR headsets during its global reveal event called “Discover Yourself in a Parallel Universe.”

The XR Week Peek (2021.06.07): Facebook working on Quest 2 Pro, Nolo and Arpara announce new VR headsets, and more!

The Ghost Howls

This week has not been very important for AR and VR: no major event has happened. BUT today is the day of the WWDC, and who knows if Apple will tease something about AR glasses. I personally don’t expect a launch or a full reveal, but maybe they could at least hint something.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Apple Delivers Competitor to Google Lens & Google Maps AR Features in iOS 15

Next Reality AR

Mobile augmented reality for iOS via ARKit, but Apple is borrowing a few pages from Google's playbook and bringing AR directly to iOS 15.

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National Weather Service radar detects huge cicada cluster

Digital Trends

There are now so many cicadas in some parts of the U.S. that clusters of the insect are showing up on weather radar images. News Cicada national weather service weather radar


‘Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Tempestfall’ Gets First Look at Gameplay, Invite-only Beta

Road to VR

Due to launch later this year on PC VR and Quest, Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Tempestfall , is shaping up to look like a rather pretty (if creepy) game with an interesting mix of melee & magic combat.

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The best antivirus software for 2021

Digital Trends

With cybercriminal activity on the rise, protect all your devices with the best antivirus software. Computing antivirus software

What’s Behind Facebook’s Two Million AR Effects

AR Insider

T hough it may not be as central of a driving force as it is at Snapchat , Facebook is intent on lens-based use cases to enhance social connections. This is one of many pieces in Facebook’s spatial computing puzzle , which also includes AR-cloud development and, of course, VR.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

ONX Studio: Tickets Now on Sale for Inaugural Virtual Reality Showcase


Launched in the fall of 2020, ONX Studio is a production studio and exhibition gallery catering to creative professionals working with extended reality mediums. From June 9 to 20, the studio will launch an inaugural virtual reality showcase as a collaborator of the Tribeca Festival.

Valve Now Sells Replacement Index Controllers And Wires

Upload VR

Valve is now selling replacement controllers and wires for its Index VR system on Steam. The store page for the full Valve Index kit now lists individual replacement parts – one for the wire that tethers your headset to a PC via DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.0

Common iPad Pro problems, and what how to fix them

Digital Trends

Having issues with your iPad Pro tablet? Thankfully, they can be fixed. Here are potential fixes and workarounds for some of the most common iPad Pro problems. Apple Mobile iOS iPad Pro problems Tier 4

No Oculus Studios Projects At E3, Facebook Confirms

Upload VR

Facebook will not be showing any new Oculus Studios projects during next week’s E3 streams. Studios Executive Producer Mike Doran confirmed as much in a recent post on Reddit. “The Oculus Studios team will not be showing anything at E3,” Doran said, “but stay tuned!”

Forget drone taxis. This startup is building a 40-seat drone bus

Digital Trends

There are dozens of startups out there racing to develop drone taxis for passenger air travel, but Kelekona says they aren't thinking big enough. Features Drones flight transportation Travel


Australia’s Splendour Festival Turns To VR In 2021

Upload VR

With the global pandemic still hindering live concerts, Australia’s Splendour festival is turning to VR for this year’s iteration. SplendourXR, as the event is called, is happening on July 24 and 25 on the Sansar platform and features a full recreation of the traditional Byron Bay venue.

Spatial Beats: Facebook, Walmart & Legoland

AR Insider

W elcome back to Spatial Beats. This week, we look at Facebook F8, Walmart’s new AR inventory system, Legoland’s AR activation, and fresh funding rounds.

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VR Summer Preview: Every Big Game Coming Soon

Upload VR

Let’s face it, there hasn’t been a lot of ‘big’ VR games this year. True, there have been some absolutely great titles – Demeo, Carve Snowboarding, Wraith and Floor Plan 2 among others were all hugely enjoyable.

Frozen in Siberian Permafrost for 24,000 Years, Microscopic Animal Comes Back to Life

GizModo VR

A lone rotifer has awakened after spending the past 24,000 years in frozen hibernation. Scientists hope that further studies of this multicellular animal may lead to better ways of cryopreserving human cells, tissues, and organs. Read more.

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Mursion’s Human Powered Tech Stack

Charlie Fink

Mursion's system uses AI, VR, and live performers to tech soft skills using virtual beings. Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Innovation /innovation Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Business /business technology

Could We Live Under the Sea?

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Apple just announced a touchscreen Mac — but it’s not what you expect

Digital Trends

At WWDC 2021, Apple just gave the world the first touchscreen Mac. Except it did not show off any new Macs at all. So what exactly happened at the show? Apple Computing Opinion iPad iPadOS Mac MacOS Touchscreen WWDC 2021

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Computex 2021: TeamGroup Announces its First DDR5-4800 Memory Module

Anand Tech

Back in December 2020, TeamGroup announced its intentions for the switch to DDR5 memory on future platforms.

Why the Texas Grid Failed, According to Science

GizModo VR

It’s been nearly four months since the devastating Texas blackouts. And thanks to a relatively speedy peer review process, we now have an academic accounting of what exactly went wrong—and how to prepare the grid for future extreme weather. Read more.

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No MacBook Pros at WWDC. Here’s why Apple was quiet on its laptops

Digital Trends

WWDC is one of Apple’s biggest events of the year, yet the MacBook Pro was conspicuously absent. Here’s why it was a no-show, and when we might next see it. Apple Computing News Mac MacBook macbook pro WWDC 2021

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Indiana Jones' 21 Most Endearing Moments in Raiders of the Lost Ark

GizModo VR

The hat. The whip. The ability to take a punch. It was 40 years ago this week that audiences fell in love with Indiana Jones’ best attributes in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Black Box VR Fitness: Unlock The Secret To Fast Fitness Results

VR Fitness

Are you someone who wants to maintain a healthier lifestyle, but you can’t ever stick with a normal workout routine? Let’s be honest, heading to the gym to lift weights, run on a treadmill, or wait in line to use a machine can be a chore.


The 1966 Batman TV Series Finally Has a Perfect Bat-Cave Playset

GizModo VR

Well, it’s getting a perfect Bat-Cave playset, to be more precise—courtesy of McFarlane Toys. Read more.

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Did you spot Apple’s ‘top secret ideas for 2022’ in WWDC keynote?

Digital Trends

Apple had some fun with its WWDC keynote on Monday, seemingly spilling the beans on some crazy new ideas for iPhone features. Apple Mobile News Craig Federighi iPhone keynote wwdc WWDC 2021

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Netflix's Blood Red Sky Is Basically 'Vampires on a Plane'

GizModo VR

This teaser for Netflix’s Blood Red Sky starts off like a rather generic action flick: a mom and her young son settle in for a long-haul flight , only to realize to their horror that their plane has been taken over by money-hungry hijackers. What to do?